Adagio Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

I am reasonably proud of Magus. I wouldn’t have initially picked him as the herbal of the group, but I can’t argue with the flavor. The Adagio bulk formulation, even as prepared in store, is actually not quite as good as my per-cup experiments with a gentle tsp of Adagio Peppermint, 1 bag of Triple Leaf ginger, 1/2tsp lemon cloud and just a dash of chili. That may mean there’s some processing agent or binder in the Triple Leaf, or that I got the ratios slightly off, but I have discovered that using more tea per cup helps offset this. Magus was based initially on my discovery of exactly how strong Adagio’s peppermint is. If you haven’t tried it side-by-side with their spearmint, you should some time. It’s this quality of mint that has brought me around to liking mint tea, and I’d independently enjoyed straight ginger, so I combined the two experimentally one evening and loved it. But of course, I couldn’t be that direct and still call it a blend, so I poked around for other flavors. Hot and spicy were covered, so I played with tart/mellow, and used lemon cloud as much as anything else because it’s what I had on hand. The result was definitely a good flavor, but I couldn’t honestly say it was Magus-worthy. I debated for awhile whether to just go with it anyway, but decided to make one more go of finding an accent that would really put the blend over the top. Something perhaps not even associated with tea. I remembered back to a happy accident years ago with chili-spiked camp coffee inadvertently made without the coffee, and decided as insane as that was, it was worth a shot here. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the heat the chili added that made the blend, it was the other mustier earthier notes it brought to the party- an arcane ambiance that couldn’t quite be placed. Although I have burnt myself out a bit on Magus now, it is the emptiest bag of my initial blend set, and the most likely to be re-ordered in the near future.

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My brother got a sample of this blend before me, and I was lucky enough to get a taste when we celebrated the 4th of July. Hamilton is a hardworking and shrewd character of the American Revolution. Opinionated, smart, and younger than most involved in the cause, his tea is blazing with ginger and lemon when smelled in the bag. Brewed, the strong sweet-vegetal notes of kukicha are more present and balanced with the smoky but very drinkable gunpowder. (Did I mention Hamilton was killed in a duel?). An avid supporter of the National Bank, Hamilton’s tea is as green as the money within its walls. There’s a touch of green rooibos citron to add a sweet-sour lemon finish. Iced or hot this is a delectable green blend. If you need some more Hamilton, tune in for some later episodes of HBO’s John Adams miniseries. Not as sassy as Rutledge, Hamilton’s sarcasm and snappy comebacks are unparalleled.

Flavors: Fruity, Ginger, Green, Lemon, Smoke, Vegetal

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This was another flavor enjoyed on the 4th of July. Be careful with this blend, over brewing can make the ceylon super intense or the cherry too medicine-like. Keeping an eye on the time makes sure this blend is tasty, a nice balance of marzipan-cookie, rich floral of ceylon black, and deep cherry. It’s a decadent tea when hot and a great iced tea with depth. The cherry tastes true to the fruit and not artificial, such a relief since Washington cannot tell a lie. Along with this tea I recommend HBO’s John Adams miniseries. Everyone is so well cast in it, and Washington is the bold but reassuring leader of legend.

Flavors: Bitter, Cherry, Floral, Fruity, Marzipan, Tannin

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I drank this tea iced for the 4th of July while rewatching HBO’s John Adams mini series. Edward Rutledge is the sassiest delegate at the Continental Congress by far, and has an excellent series of gifs on tumblr. Likewise his tea is hugely fruity with juicy strawberry as the strongest base. Dusty, floral lavender is next on the palette (and the most fragrant when the tea is dry). A smattering of raspberry leaves and a good dose of green pekoe add a grassy, vegetal depth to all the berry flavors. The mint comes through at the end and lingers in the cool mouthfeel. It goes well with the sharp coolness in Rutledge’s personality. I meant this to be iced and I believe it is still the best as a chilled tea but it’s a good blend for strawberry lovers. Or just fans of Rutledge. Who isn’t?

Flavors: Berries, Dust, Floral, Fruity, Green, Lavender, Mint, Strawberry, Vegetal

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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
95 tasting notes

Fact: Food poisoning is no fun… At least this awesome tea is helping me feel better:]

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Ost

Oh no!! What did you eat that made you sick? D: Hope you can feel better soon!

TheTeaFairy

That’s terrible…hope you are feeling better…

TeaBrat

hope you feel better!

gmathis

Been there, done that! Take care.

albertocanfly

We think I got a bit of meat in my food.. (I’m a vegetarian).. or it was a bad can of corn.. >.<

Thank you all so very much! . I appreciate the happy thoughts:]

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This tea is my idea of heaven. I discovered it at a local tea room in Delray called Shaffer’s and it’s now the only thing I drink whenever I go there. Apart from the lovely moniker, the taste and aroma are spellbinding to an Earl Grey lover. Even the blue hue of some of the flowers in this loose tea is breathtaking. I could seriously compose a sonnet to this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

I fought with Ayla, and Ayla won. sigh To be fair, this only means my first pass was pretty much right on the mark. I had a notion for a strong black with fruit and sweet notes. English breakfast was the strongest traditional black base to come to mind. Coconut was near the top of my flavor notions as something sweet, fruity, and creamy to tie the package together, but it wasn’t available straight and the best substitute the staff could recommend was coconut pouchong. After smelling it loose, I had no objections. Chocolate was also on my short-list for flavor profile, so it went in. That just left the fruit selection. Hibiscus is not a fruit, despite what Adagio seems to think, so I didn’t want to go anywhere near their fruit herbals. What was in my mind was something nearer the berry spectrum than the citrus spectrum, so I tried strawberries as a first approximation. The staff brewed a trial cup. I smelled it and knew immediately I’d gotten it dead wrong. The coconut was overpowering. The rest of the flavors just vanished. I left the cup on the counter and immediately went for a new formulation with cherries. But I re-sampled the first cup after it had cooled a bit, because it was there. And it was spot on. The coconut had stepped back, the fruit and chocolate were present and balanced, and as a black tea, it was all-around decent. The cherry formulation timer went off, and I tried it. Sour. As. All. Get-out. I couldn’t even finish the cup, so I went back to the last of the strawberry. Which was now distortedly tart itself, with the strawberry powder that had slipped through the strainer mesh and kept brewing in the dregs. #fml. It took 3 more visits, experimenting with strawberry black tea to avoid the dregs problem (brewed up exceedingly bitter in the duration it took the other flavors to come out), dialing back the coconut to avoid the fumes (meaning it was completely gone after cooling), fiddling with other ratios (more amazing vanishing elements), and finally landed right back at my first formulation and the acceptance that the coconut falls off with time and the strawberry rises and that’s okay because the middle is perfect. So. Don’t mess with Ayla. Trust me. Just accept that this blend has a very particular time-dynamic and will go off in odd and wild directions if you don’t treat it right. And really, how much more appropriate could I get if I tried?

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

Lucca came together remarkably cleanly and has become my absolute favorite of the set, despite having ingredients I normally don’t love, and notwithstanding the fact that I had no idea where to even begin when I set out. How does one even define Lucca? I wanted something maybe “sciencey” and a bit obscure. I toyed with notions of a chai, but Lavos and Magus were already headed in that direction and the whole point of the Chrono fandom was to not be a chai pit. So. I. Got. Creative. Pu ehr was just obscure and dense enough to be a candidate base, even though I’d recently tried Adagio’s then-new pu ehr blends and decided it didn’t blend well with anything strong enough to stand up to it. I’d only ever tried pu ehr poe, but the helpful store staff (hi, Karla) pointed me at dante, which was a bit smoother and less… fishy. I wanted to cut the pu ehr with something of quality, and ali shan jumped to my memory as a good, distinctive oolong favorite. I only realized later how much of a crime I was committing using it in a blend, but experiments to swap it out late in development all ended with a distinctly less satisfying cup. Lucca needed some odd accents, so I went raiding the store’s blending spice tins for things that were not sweet (which would have clashed) and not spicy (might have fit with the fire thing, but again, ixnay on the aichay) but were still ingredients I’d tasted before and could envision. I came up with cardamom (an instant fit), licorice (which I usually hate, but somehow had a weirdly good feeling about) and lavender (which was a total craps shoot, but just the sort of complexifying unknown mask I like to throw in). I completely cooked the ratios on my first go, with the lavender dominating everything. Inverting the order yielded the current blend, which I have never been able to deviate from. This one joins me pretty much every other weekend of indie game coding, challenged only by Frog and Magus in my overall satisfaction.

Edit: for a sweetener, try 1/4-1/2tsp per cup Seva Berry / VG Commerce Pine-Elixir (http://www.seva-berry.com/products_en.php#eliksir). The pine notes are a strangely good compliment to the cardamom and lavender.

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

Marle… I had a strong notion of the sensibility I wanted, but few hard notions for ingredients. Something very light, slightly fresh, fruity, and/or relaxing. Basically, the party healer. But what I didn’t want was anything perfumey or sickly-sweet. After a bit of agonizing, I finally decided to pair white tea with some berry flavor, blue would be appropriate. I went to the local Adagio outlet to browse for ingredients, and was offered a prefab blueberry white that was basically everything I was going for in the final Marle blend. Which was reassuring, but also meant I was going to need to be even more creative if I wanted to make a proper blend. More agonizing over details and raiding my stash, which by now included the tail end of a berry herbal mix I’d forgotten to refill, and a rooibos blend I’d picked up when Adagio was out of Key West. The berry mix (dominated, as is Adagio’s wont, by hibiscus) kicked up the fruit aspect nicely, and Lemon Cloud brought a slight vanilla mellowness which added some needed complexity. The blend might have done without the chamomile, and indeed I had to cut it WAY back so it wasn’t overpowering, but it was on my mind all throughout as a staple of relaxing herbals, and in small quantities, it does add some of that magic obscuring note that makes the blend a blend and not an obvious conglomeration of parts. While there is some tea in the base, I still file this one with my herbals and have not noticed any ill effects drinking it late at night.

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I’m not going to make a recommendation on this one, as it’s my own blend and that would be cheating. I merely want to set out a bit more detail in the creation process than Adagio’s fields have room for. My whole Chrono Trigger fandom came about in early 2014 when I tried Amy Zen’s Firefly fandom and found nearly all blends to be overpowering and almost undifferentiable chocolate-chai variants. I wanted to try a set of my own, based on characters I knew and loved, and embracing the range of leaves and subtler accents available to create blends which were truly differentiated without heavy flavorants.

Crono was one of the first few I pinned down. He isn’t a very personality-strong character; more the reliable, vaguely-Japanese fits-in-anywhere balanced type. Jasmine and oolong were on my mind as bases, but those were almost too bland. Rummaging through my stash, I tripped over hojicha, a toasty Japanese green tea treatment that fit the bill perfectly and brought in a hint of Crono’s thunder magic. Fujian Rain, another favorite, played off similar flavors and mixed quite well (unfortunately, Adagio can’t seem to get it in stock anymore, despite high demand). I brought the jasmine back in as a supporting role to complicate the flavors enough that the base ingredients wouldn’t be patently obvious, but a trio of mild greens still left it lacking that extra pixie dust to really stand out. I experimented with a few other flavorants and visited Adagio’s local brick & mortar a few times to mix other blends and finally tripped over lemongrass as the perfect light final touch. Crono is probably the mildest blend in my set, but I’m still quite satisfied, and enjoy brewing up a pot now and again when I’m in the mood for something light.

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The scent of the dried tea in these sachets of Adagio Organic Citrus Green Tea is rather offputting. It actually smells caustic—like strong citrus oil used in industrial cleaning. In fact, it reminds me of the perfumes by Lush, many of which feature nose hair-singeing amounts of citrus oil.

Fortunately, the aroma is tempered through steeping, leaving behind only a shadow of the citrus. I don’t know about this blend. The underlying green tea seems to be good—why adulterate??

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Pass the Stash

This tea smells absolutely amazing. Ooo, is that the lovely smell of almond tantalizing my olfactory receptors? Yes, I do believe that it is so!:D

What. Is. This. I was not expecting chocolate. Okay, the chocolate flavor isn’t too strong, but it is still there. If I had mentally prepared myself for it, it wouldn’t have been so bad:P Minus the chocolate flavor, this tea would be way up there in my favorites. The almond and the cream are beautifully executed. I adore that strong almond flavor that springs out at the end. If only adagio made a blend of the almond and cream teas sans the chocolate chai…

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Pass the Stash

I don’t know what it is but garlic bread is glorious. It just tastes so delicious and makes my taste buds happy. As slightly repulsing as it sounds, if a garlic bread tea existed, I would jump right on that. Mmm…garlic..

ANYWAYS, this tea is so smooth. Oolong mixes so much better with an almond flavor than black or green so I really appreciate this base. As far as the almond goes, it is most definitely almond. No if, ands, or buts about it! Almond and oolong just seem to perfectly compliment each other.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Ost

Not sure it would be good in tea form but garlic is definitely glorious!

albertocanfly

You are probably right..but I’d definitely be up for trying it:P

Stephanie

I’ve never met anyone who hates garlic, have you? It seems pretty universally loved.

albertocanfly

Never ever! One of my friends doesn’t like too strong of a garlic flavor.. I think that’s the closest that I have ever found. :P

Arshness

I love almond oolong by Adagio. I just got a pouch last month. :) So good.

albertocanfly

It is so good:] Ah, Adagio makes some really delicious teas.

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I got this sample for free with my Adagio order. All I had to do was share on Facebook, and since I changed the setting the “private”, no one even had to see it. Win/win! Dry tea looks like honeybush with yellow flower petals and a few dried fruit pieces. It smells very artificial – like apricot candy. Steeped 5 minutes.

The aroma is fairly ho-hum… Just honeybush and apricot candy. The taste is even more so. There’s not enough apricot flavor, even with added sugar. So it mostly tastes like peppery honeybush and a little fake apricot. No thanks. :P

Flavors: Apricot, Candy, Pepper, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
1283 tasting notes

This is one of a few teas I traded with Stephen Hockman. Thank you so much! No matter how artificial Adagio’s flavors are, they are usual SPOT ON so if the flavor is at least there and actually seems what it should be, I’m fine with artificial. This is the most caramelly caramel teas I’ve ever tried, and it doesn’t even have those caramel cubes in that blend. Just flavoring on their black tea base. It isn’t like a realistic caramel, but the flavor is surprisingly strong. It’s very milky and sweet. The second steep had a ton of flavor as well, so it doesn’t all disappear in the first cup. I don’t get the low rating on this.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
877 tasting notes

The aroma of the dried leaves of Adagio Organic Blueberry White (that’s the name on my packet of sachets obtained from a grocery store) is not very pleasant. Does it even smell like blueberries? Maybe I just don’t know what blueberries smell like. But wait: haven’t I consumed a truckload of them over the course of my life?

The good news is that the tea brews up into a tasty blend of je ne sais quoi—it certainly does not taste like blueberries to me!—with a very silken and lovely texture. Judging by the taste and texture the base tea is clearly of high quality, and I do see that a few furry silver needles have been thrown in for good measure. It’s possible that the flavoring has metamorphosed, as I just noticed that I was sold a package past its “best buy” date! What? Is that even legal? Maybe I should return it to the store. It was on sale, but really now…

I probably should refrain from rating this tea, but it was pleasant enough to drink—even though it’s old!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Backlog 9/67

What tea. So campfire. Wow. Much smokey. Many burning.

I am … floored. By the incredible similarity between taking a whiff of this tea and standing by a campfire. It’s incredibly evocative of a campfire. I mean, I feel I need a shower because obviously if I’m smelling this, I smell of smoke. Right?

I had to try this. I saw so many people talking about Lapsang Souchong and it sounded like something people really inflate with their descriptions because how could tea smell like a campfire? Well guess what. It does. It’s a freaking pouch of campfire. And I brewed it and tasted it. I was very brave.

It was not a bad taste. I mean, I didn’t expect it to be so… not-bad. I smelled it and thought “This will make me lose my lunch.” It didn’t. The warm flavor was smoky and strong, but not bad.

I can’t figure out why anyone would want to drink it tho. I mean, I can see how it smells amazing and reminds me of beef jerky that I used to get when I was a kid… but I don’t see how it would be something you’d think “Man I really want a cup of that right now.” Maybe in blends. But… straight? No. Not for me.

It wasn’t bad tho. It just … wasn’t something I see myself wanting to drink.

So I have tried Lapsang Souchong. I have done it. Now I know. That is all.

Flavors: Campfire, Fireplace, Smoke, Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

Wow. So amaze. Many lapsang. Much souchong.

Mandy

Hey something we agree on. I’m actually not even brave enough to try it if I’m being honest. I don’t like smelling like a campfire, and I don’t like the smokeyness I’ve had in teas, so I’m almost positive I would lose my lunch, haha.

Arshness

There has to be SOMETHING eh? But you haven’t tried it. :P Who knows! I didn’t like it >_< But I’m not saying I’d never taste one again. Who knows? Maybe it’s good with mint or something.

Lion Repshire

I felt somewhat the same way with the Lapsang Souchong. It does smell EXACTLY like campfire, and the nostalgia that it brings me is nice. It can get some butterflies going from memories of wonderful bonfires past, but I also drink a bit and think “Hmmm… is this a flavor/aroma I really want to drink?” It’s not one I see myself keeping on hand often. I see it sort of as something of a “novelty” tea. There are a few teas I’ve encountered that are that way. I wouldn’t really love to have them often, but there is something interesting enough about them to share with a friend or two and see what people think.

Now your mission is to try NON-SMOKED Lapsang Souchong. I wasn’t aware it existed until I randomly was sent a sample of it with some teawares I ordered. I’m not sure what to make of it!

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drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Backlog 8/67

Got this sample with my last Adagio order. I liked the almond oolong enough to buy a pouch so I wanted to see if another oolong was any good from them.

I’m disappointed with this one. It tastes vaguely of vanilla, but I wouldn’t know it’s oolong. I mean, I don’t know Oolong super well but I didn’t specifically notice the oolong, and yet the the vanilla wasn’t overpowering either. Maybe it needed different temp or longer steep. I’m not sure. This just wasn’t a night for amazing tea I guess haha. :)

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

Backlog 4/67

Delicious white pear flavor. I mean, this is a white tea with pear flavor. It tastes of pear and white tea. That is all you could ask from white pear tea eh? :)

From Stephen Hockman’s stash that he passed to me. Thanks much for that! I enjoyed the White pear tea. My sister wants me to make it cold next. We may end up having this in our house next time I order from Adagio. :)

I’m super picky with whites and this is one of the few I’ve really, really liked. :)

Flavors: Pear, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I really enjoyed this tea <3

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
267 tasting notes

I forgot to brew myself some LS when I had my BBQ the other day. Oops. So I had some this morning with my savory oatmeal – steel cut oats with ham and cheese. Yum. Good pairing.

Now I’m slowly sipping the rest of the pot down as I wait to see if my right eye is going to calm down any. I have yet another eye infection. Ugh. I had big plans for the day too! I wanted to go to a new exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art of works on paper; with a metal concert tonight. Now I’m putting drops in my eye hourly and hoping allergy pills and ibuprofen will convince the swelling to go down.

/whinge

I have at least enough of these leaves left for another pot on another day, and then a whole envelope of a Mandala LS to try out soon. I shall LS again! :)

Flavors: Pine, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
95 tasting notes

This was a surprise in a package from Queen of Tarts, and a good one. It is smooth and gentle without being wishy-washy. There’s a clear, sweet honeysuckle note that surprised me, as if it were a jasmine white but softer and sweeter. It all comes together well and is peace-inducing.

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drank Rocket Fuel by Adagio Teas
1824 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (155)

Thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me. I am getting a lot of the berry flavors from this, specifically the raspberry, and it pairs wonderfully with the green rooibos base. Plus, there is a nice sweetness from the apple. I would actually consider stocking this one as its a pleasant caffeine-free choice for the evenings/night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I wish I had some of the Tea Rex to share with you too as I preferred that one. These thins are so cute too!

VariaTEA

I was already on Adagio’s site checking out the treehouse collection and the story time collection and the fairy tale collection. I just told my Dad today I wouldn’t be ordering more tea though so I feel like he will kill me if tea shows up.

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
226 tasting notes

Hooray, another Yunnan to try! :D I picked this up in my recent Adagio order because I had a $5 coupon and the sample was $5, so I figured that makes it free! ;) Do not question it! The leaves are very cute. They’re all curled up into little loose balls, bi luo chun style. Mostly dark with some golden tips in there too. The dry scent is strong malt with honey and a hay accent – pretty much what I expect at this point. I brewed this twice, first at 4 minutes and then at 3 (not a resteep, with separate leaves each time).

I did 4 minutes first, because it’s the average time for this tea on Steepster. The leaves get pretty big when they unfurl! :D Smells mostly malty with some bread and honey notes mixed in. The taste seemed kind of one-note to me. It was a ton of malt with a little earthy smokiness in there. Meh. Trying again.

Then I did 3 minutes in hopes I would get some other flavors. The aroma was similar, with more honey and some hay as well. I still taste mostly malt, but now there is some honey in there and none of the earth and smoke taste. Still not a super complex flavor profile. I added a bit of sugar and I felt it helped to round out the taste for me. I found this tea pretty good but not great. Somewhere between H&S Tippy Yunnan and Yunnan Golden Tips.

On another note, I saw several reviews for this on Adagio in which people said it didn’t have the normal Yunnan taste. This confuses me a bit because in all the Yunnans I’ve tried so far, the predominant flavors have been strong malt, bread, and honey notes. And this tea definitely has some of those. So I guess I don’t get what the “typical” Yunnan taste is supposed to be. :P

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I make Yunnan blacks only gongfu. With short multiple steeps you can notice diff flavors. Just my 2c ;)

Cameron B.

I will definitely keep that in mind, although I don’t have any kind of gong fu equipment yet. Soon maybe.

TeaTiff

On the gong fu front… a smallish dish/bowl about 4oz with something to strain. I used a glass cooking dish I had for a while with a ziplock plastic lid. Worked just as well, wasn’t pretty, but no body was looking.

boychik

I used to make in Pyrex cup with saucer on top and strainer;)
This easy gaiwan is the best, I use it daily
http://m.ebay.com/itm/350927580204?nav=SEARCH

Arshness

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dragon-Phoenix-Porcelain-Gongfu-Tea-Set-6-Pcs-/271333384037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f2cbadf65
That set is cute and damn cheap for what it is.

I remember being warned tho about buying painted dishes from China. Something about lead in paint. I wonder how to be sure they are safe.

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